Shippam's Ltd.


"Salmon, shrimps and lobsters for Shippam's Fish Pastes"

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Food manufacturers and processors, Chichester. Shippam's issued at least 9 high quality real photographic cards in the 1930s advertising their canned goods and potted meats factory at East Wall in Chichester. A 1938 postmark has been reported. The cards were printed in Britain.

Shippam's trace their origins back to 1750 when Shipston Shippam, who had been a sergeant in the 72nd Regiment on Foot, established a grocery business in Chichester. He died in 1778 and was succeeded by his son, Charles Shippam. In 1832 one of Charles' sons, George Shippam, opened a grocery shop in North Street (the founding shop had been at Westgate). In 1851 George moved his business to 48 East Street, where he was joined by his son, another Charles, who was a successful pork butcher. Shippam's became celebrated for their quality "Chichester" sausages, and in 1886 started canning meats, such as ox tongues. In 1894 they began producing a wide range of potted meats and fish pastes. Charles Shippam died in 1897, and two years later five of his sons joined together to create a private company, Shippam's Ltd., to carry on and expand the business. The East Wall factory set up in 1873 was expanded several times as demand for the Company's products increased. In the years leading up to the First World War Shippam's became major suppliers to the armed forces.

After acquiring a number of other food processing companies in the 1960s and early 70s, Shippam's were themselves taken over in 1974 by the Underwood Company of Boston, USA. After a further change of ownership, the firm was acquired in 1995 by Grand Metropolitan, a UK financial conglomerate specialising in hotels, food and drinks. It is now run by Prince's Foods, and is based at Terminus Road in Chichester. The famous East Wall factory site has been redeveloped.

In the 1960s Britannia Colour Ltd. produced some coloured cards of the interior of the Shippam's factory, which interestingly update the 1930s black and whites.

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